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article imageFranKo to headline at London's Camden Roundhouse, March 20 Special

By Mathew Wace Peck     Mar 20, 2012 in Entertainment
Following their highly successful supporting set for McFly in Portsmouth earlier this month, FranKo – the young British alternative rock band – are playing a headline gig at the Camden Roundhouse this evening.
Tonight’s showcase has been organised by students from London’s City University Creative Industries Foundation Degree (CIFD) course. CIFD described the event as “[an] exclusive performance from the hottest pop punk act to emerge from South London. Their blistering live style is matched by their unique, savvy songwriting and sharp looks.”
Promoting tonight’s gig on their Wordpress page, the band wrote, “[A] rare longer set for us [it’s] a big show and we need your support hope to see many friendly faces there!”
FranKo were being supported at the event by the metal-tinged pop punk band As Worlds Collide and the free-styling singer-songwriter Jamie Johnson.
FranKo consists of four young men from South London. Speaking to Digital Journal recently, the lads said they were delighted to be doing the Camden event and were full of praise for the organisers. They said, “Event management can be tricky to pull together, and [we] appreciate the level of organisational prowess and energy that’s required. [We] will do their utmost to reward attendees with a blistering 45 minute set!”
The four band members are Tommy Bastow (lead singer), Richard Craker (guitar and vocals), Chris Gilbertson (bass and vocals) and Richard "Ricky" Rayner (drums).
Previously, Bastow was the lead singer of the band Blackspray, from which, in 2007, he and members of another band – Hawkwood – went on to form FranKo. The following year, 2008, FranKo played their first UK live gigs and completed a successful tour of Thailand – where they returned at the beginning of this year, including at the inaugural Silverlake Festival with Incubus.
Back in 2011, the four-piece band played at the Singapore Music Matters festival and toured with Elliot Minor, Room 94 and, later, Dave Giles. They went on to scoop the Best Rock Act award at the inaugural St Helier Cider Online Music Awards before rounding off the year, in December, with a six-day residency at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK.
Acclaim and awards
So far this year, FranKo have supported Ivyrise, in February, and McFly, earlier this month, which came about after they won the McFly “Battle of the Bands” competition. In May, they will co-headline with the Hype Theory
FranKo’s debut album, Vote FranKo, was released in 2010, which included their 2009-debut single “Night Time”. FranKo, their second album, was released last summer.
As well as being a member of the band, Bastow is also an actor who has appeared in a number of British television dramas, including EastEnders, M.I. High, Robin Hood and The Cut. However, he is probably best known as Dave the Laugh in the 2008 film in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and as Joe in the BT ads, which he has been appearing in since 2005. Other films include the Spanish–American horror film Exorcismus (2010).
In 2009, Rayner won the Junior Guildhall Percussionist prize and the Young Drummer of the Year award. That same year, he also won the Jam Percussion award, which he repeated in 2011.
New single
Throughout May and June, FranKo will be touring up and down the UK. Before then, their new single, “Eye of the Storm”, together with an accompanying video, is due to be released on 26 March.
FranKo will be playing tonight at the Camden Roundhouse at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £6.00.
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